I remember the long Chicago winters with thick cloud cover and no sun for months on end.
When I would visit my family in N.M., I would look up and savor the open space, blue sky and bright sunshine.
I didn’t realized how much I needed the sunshine until I didn’t have it anymore.
As I have been navigating the work at home life, I have created a ritual of going outside for a few minutes. I close my eyes and soak up the sun.
It has become a source of replenishment for my mind, heart and soul.
An energy booster.
2020 has been a year for me to learn to manage my energy. I believe this is more important than managing time.
If I can regulate my energy, I will be more resilient and I will be able to capitalize on opportunities in life.
I have learned to monitor my energy according to what is depleting and then pick a repletion activity so my “battery” does not get to zero. (something we would not let even our phones do)
This is a new life pattern for me.
In the past, I would go, go, go until my battery was very low, then I would push a little further until I was exhausted and needed a long break or I was emotionally depressed and wondered why.
In other words: BURNOUT.
Just having an awareness that the daily activities of decision making, self-regulation, stress, pain, taking initiative, sleep deprivation are all depleting. As the day progresses so does depletion.
Here is my positive psychology short list of repletion activities:
Time in nature (Sunshine)
Well balanced meal
Of course my favorite being:
Then you light will break forth like the dawn. Your recovery will speedily spring forth.